Next up in our educational programme for 2016 is our 6 week Art 4 Artists Workshop Series facilitated by Deirdre Ronan.
“Some artists say to make the work readable to the public is the artist’s responsibility, but I don’t agree with that. The only responsibility is to be absolutely truthful to the self.”
As practicing artists we can tend to stick with our medium of choice. Even if that involves many different skills or practices, we can tend to stay in our comfort zones. And despite the wonderful communal element of working in a studio, our art practices are generally inherently solitary. Even working collaboratively, it can be difficult to communicate our emotional responses to the process and product. Often, there isn’t a forum, or vocabulary to describe or relate this.
And as practicing artists and studio members, we can be focussed on producing work with an agenda that isn’t entirely ours. Perhaps to meet a deadline, or to exhibit, or to be seen to be producing. As such, we risk losing that authentic connection to process and the self, and the relationship between the two.
This group aims and intends to provide a safe space within which practicing artists can meet and re-connect with art materials, art making and processes, themselves and each other in an alternative and authentic way. To provide a forum for this connection, and support discussion about the beautiful simplicity and complexity of the relationship between ‘the self’ and ‘the art’.
6th Apr – 11th May
St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset St
To book your place and for more information on this and other courses offered, please visit our shop.
Deirdre is a practicing artist, art therapist and psychotherapist. She initially studied Fine Art in D.I.T. before completing her MSc in Art Psychotherapy in Edinburgh in 2006. Deirdre currently works as a psychotherapist with all aspects of sexual abuse.
Deirdre’s clinical work creates and sustains an unwavering awe at the primary and vicarious impacts of trauma on individuals and systems which inspires her work as a clinician and artist. As an art therapist, Deirdre believes that the art process and product are unique in creating a container for that which is ‘unsayable’. As such, her art work is multi-layered, seeking to mirror the dynamic essence of relationships and systems and her various roles within these.
“In engaging with my process I seek to explore and repair”.
Deirdre also enjoys playing 5 string banjo quite badly and is a massive luddite.